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#422 Swedish Conditions - Sveaparken

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#422 Swedish Conditions - Sveaparken

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Johan Söderström

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2022

Filler on board, oak frame

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Dimensions: 84cm (H) x 64cm (W) x 5cm (D) / 33.1" (H) x 25.2" (W) x 2" (D)

Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.

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64x84 cm | Filler, oak panel

This work is part of a series called Easter Riots. It is referencing six riots in different Swedish locations following a tour of anti-Muslim provocation during Easter (or Ramadan, really) in 2022, shielded by the police in the name of freedom of speech. Each work is titled Swedish Conditions - Skäggetorp, - Navestad, - Rinkeby,- Sveaparken, - Karlslund and - Rosengård after the incidents in Linköping, Norrköping, Stockholm, Örebro, Landskrona and Malmö this year. Swedish conditions is a Norwegian deterrent phrase used to promote more restrictive asylum policies.

I did the works by throwing 99 stones on each panel. The series explores the notion of symbolic violence.

Throwing stones can be understood as a symbolic act, even with limited physical consequences. As opposed to hate speech that, though symbolic, has obvious physical impacts such as making minorities feel unsafe and restricting their use of public space. Rioting may not be considered violence per se, as in forcing one´s will upon someone else, but rather a response to systemic violence and oppression. Violence always comes from a position of power.

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Born: 1969

Hometown: Stockholm

Based in: Oslo

I am interested in process-based painting and the profound human solitude. While exploring one thing, I sometimes try to formulate something about the other.

My work is made from construction filler in oak frames. I have developed a unique technique, where I insert 6 mm thick layers of grey and white filler into the frame like intarsia, instead of on top of each other as in conventional painting. The result gives a graphic expression that at the same time has tactile materiality. I use some simple but clearly defined methods to apply the filler in the frame. These limit the expression of cognitively controlled processes, thus opening an opportunity to reveal something unknown.

They often take the form of series or installations that extend into the room.

I base my work on the notion of a primary alienation in the human subject. By using painting, I want to formulate something around this lack, or the desire, integrated into our perception of reality. I want to explore whether the problem can illuminate other forms of social and cultural alienation—for example, privileges, class, racism and xenophobia. In short, different types of distances between people.

I have previously shown works in Scandinavia at Konsthallen Trollhättan, Konsthallen Lokstallet, Konstepidemin, Kristiansands Konsthall, Akershus Kunstsenter, Trondheim Senter for Samtidskunst och Tenthaus Oslo. I am educated in Norway at Kunstakademiet in Trondheim and live and work in Oslo.


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